Approaching Alquitran and entering Jardines’ music is like going into a room: with the body present and the senses sharpened.
Upon entering, one can see gentle jumps and breaks with elevated moments. Delicate compositions and meditations where the beauty is moderated subtly, along with restrained rhythms of rave and helixes that drift along different genres and tempos with little restrictions.
The four pieces constitute diverse places that construct a moor where the melancholy of the project lies, its imminent and discreet character yet full of rapture and force. The listeners, upon immersing themselves in the spaces of the album, will find ships sailing on the horizon of their sonic ocean in perfect order.
Alquitrán is an EP sculpted through rhythm, timbre and color.
Attentive listening to the machinery behind its whole movements with a certain frequency and getting familiarized with its sound provokes a change in sensibility, in the same way that a foreign language opens up to understanding and turns into a melody after years of existing as noise.
This is a record of subtle, imaginative pop with body and breath full of tensions and passages that end up crashing down and shatter into a stream of silence. Its pieces are sound flows that use texture to create electronic pulsations that resemble painting techniques. The sultry features of their dialogue draw powerful visual elements that lead to sound.
This work is an invitation to rethink music as a sequence of imagery. It is an energetic and refreshing album that sculpts intimate echoes of gentle, convoluted and pristine features throughout its canvas. Its steamy pointillism ties in like a magnet to a pulse-pounding melody.
There's a feeling that the future swallows, repeats and erases itself: like the illusion of a swinging pendulum amidst murmurs that dissolve as reverbs that turn into waves and dispel, unveiling whispering voices in each gesture, almost devoid of humanity yet with a warmth that could only stem from a body of flesh-and-blood.
In its nooks and crannies, the tension rumbles: the contrast between the roughness and the softness of each piece tear through reality like a digital knife with enough breath to cut through the air.
There are moments that remind us of desert pop, structured with a gentle sadness and a touch of evil; but each attentive listener will convey their own meanings, as a flexible, free-form piece of work, with a molding frame that gives shape to one of the best releases of electronic music in Mexico so far in this turbulent, restless year.
Mexico City, 2020
Alquitrán has been issued as a physical edition in February 2021, it is a download card with integrated seeds to grow at home, it also now has Bonus Track, "Abundancia" and a reloaded VR experience.